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The history of the white MC is sparse. With the exception of the Beastie Boys’ first album and a few tracks from 3rd Bass, the white rapper has been an insignificant sideshow in hiphop. Vanilla Ice sold millions of records but was so blatantly commercial that he easily became hiphop’s premier whipping boy. The minuscule number of white MCs is to be expected in an art geared toward young black men, but Company Flow’s El-Producto couldn’t care less. Brandishing a rapid-fire flow, El-P is perhaps the first white rapper to have a shot at the hiphop hall of fame. The group’s debut album, Funcrusher Plus, should be titled Wes Craven Meets a Breakbeat. Funcrusher’s production relies on a mixture of drawling bass and warped keys. In places, the sound is simply creepy; in others it’s downright terrifying. The album opens with a sample from an anti-child molestation advertisement and proceeds into a series of dark, brooding, and unnervingly beautiful tracks. No radio-friendly hooks herethis is stuff only an ax-murderer from the Bronx could groove to. But El-P and his partner Bigg Jus take to the psychotically dark production with ease. “No one can fuck wit’ me, but still I’m not signed,” raps El-P (on “Bad Touch Example”). “You wanna battle, it’s better to look in the mirror and say Candyman five times.” Score one for the Caucasoid MC. Ta-Nehisi Coates